Less than half of Republicans approve of the job performance by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a frequent target of invective by former President Donald Trump, according to a new Gallup poll.
In a national Gallup poll from Dec. 1-16 about how people view 11 federal officials, the Kentucky Republican came in last place at just 34%. The poor standing among Republicans comes after months of Trump battering McConnell as, among other insults, an "old crow," for, in the former president's view, not battling Democrats aggressively enough on raising the debt ceiling and other issues.
His low rating was fueled by members of his own party, with 46% of Republicans approving of McConnell’s performance and 52% disapproving.
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By contrast, McConnell's Democratic counterpart, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, had an approval rating of 44%.
McConnell’s approval rating has fluctuated during his time in office, with another dip in 2015 when Republican voters were frustrated by a lack of legislative victories. Gallup trends have never found McConnell's favorability as particularly high, but they did climb in subsequent years after McConnell oversaw a series of nominations to the Supreme Court.
This year’s dip in his approval rating comes after Trump took aim at McConnell for refusing to back his unfounded claims of a stolen election. McConnell has largely ignored in public remarks Trump’s frequent press releases attacking him.
In another break with Trump, McConnell said this month he is closely following what the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol finds in its investigation.
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“It was a horrendous event, and I think what they are seeking to find out is something the public needs to know,” McConnell said in an interview with Spectrum News.
McConnell’s comments appeared to mark a shift, as he opposed the creation of a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts had the highest approval among federal officials included in the survey, which also ranked President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.